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Monday, August 31, 2020
The Council of Traditional and Cultural leaders of Africa, in partnership with UN Women and UNFPA have kickstarted a webinar series which will be held between August and December 2020 as a component of COTLA’s advocacy and actions to advance gender equality in Africa and end sexual and gender-based violence and harmful practices.
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
At the call of the women of Mali who have expressed the desire to be supported in their initiatives to end the crisis facing the country, a high-level consultation was held by videoconference between 59 women leaders from Mali, representing different socio-political backgrounds and the representatives of ECOWAS, the African Union and the United Nations, with the participation of Her Excellency Mrs. Ellen JOHNSON SIRLEAF, Former President of the Republic of Liberia, Nobel Peace Prize and President of honor of African Women Leaders Network (AWLN) and Mrs. Amina J. MOHAMMED, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations
Thursday, August 13, 2020
Nairobi, 10th August 2020 – As Kenya marks 10 years since the devolution of responsibility for various public services to county governments, a series of reports are being launched today namely: i) Comprehensive Poverty Report- utilized data from the Kenya Integrated Household Budget Survey (KIHBS) 2015-16 covering national, rural, urban and county levels. ii) 47 County Poverty Briefs – a summary of the Comprehensive poverty report, based on 2015/16 Kenya Integrated Household Budget Survey (KIHBS). iii) Women Empowerment Report- based on 2014 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey and covered national, urban and rural levels. iv) 47 County Budget Briefs – analyzed social sectors’ budgets for the period 2014/15-2017/18 focusing on health, education, child protection, youth and women services, water and sanitation, and nutrition.
Thursday, August 13, 2020
Nairobi, Kenya – 04 August 2020 – A recent study using a first-of-its-kind measure of women’s empowerment, the Kenya Women’s Empowerment Index (WEI), shows that only 29 percent of Kenyan women can participate equally and effectively in political, economic, and cultural life — and that their involvement is largely dependent on household circumstances.
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
The Kenya National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2020 – 2024 (KNAP II) is the second phase of a process initiated in 2016 to implement the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325). By providing a framework to amplify voices of women at the grassroots, country and national level, it also aligns with the Leave No-no Behind principle.
Thursday, April 30, 2020
COVID-19 is affecting everyone, especially women. African governments have restricted mobility and are enforcing social distancing. These steps, along with good hygiene, are vital to containing and preventing the further spread of the virus. But these steps are not equally available to all people and will have different impacts for many whose livelihoods are being disrupted
Friday, March 29, 2019
28 March 2019, Addis Ababa - Danish Minister for Development Cooperation H.E. Ulla Tornaes has signed a cooperation agreement with UNDP and UN Women to release a total of US$ 4.5 million for the two UN agencies in support of their work in Ethiopia in the areas of governance and gender. Minister Tornaes noted As I reflect upon the last three days that I have spent here in Ethiopia, what strikes me most, is the potential and willpower of the women I have met. Significant progress has already...
Sunday, December 2, 2018
During the global annual advocacy campaign, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (25 November – 10 December), UN Women today announced the appointment of internationally renowned award-winning actor-playwright Danai Gurira as its Goodwill Ambassador. As a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, Gurira will lend her name and dedicate her support to putting a spotlight on gender equality and women’s rights, as well as bringing unheard women’s voices front and centre.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
UN Women is organizing the first edition of "Gender Ataya" on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 on the 8th floor of the African Institute of Management (IAM), Dakar. The Gender Ataya is designed to open spaces for young people to contribute to inclusive and equitable development and decision-making processes within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals. It will provide a platform for young people to engage in dialogue with themselves and decision makers including government, CSOs and...
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
New York, 19 November 2018 — Global movements such as “#MeToo”, “#TimesUp”, “#BalanceTonPorc”, “#NiUnaMenos”, “#HollaBack!” and “#TotalShutdown” and corporate walk-outs in recent times have exposed the magnitude of violence against women and girls and how often it is normalized. While research shows that violence against women and girls affects one in three women worldwide and that no country is...
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Addis Ababa / New York, 29th October 2018 The Members of the African Women Leaders Network (AWLN) received with immense joy and great honor the election of H.E. Ms. Sahle-Work Zewde, AWLN pioneer Member, as President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia on Thursday 25th October 2018. H.E. President Sahle-Work Zewde, former Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General to the African Union, and Head of the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU) and a...
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
“Any society that does not succeed in tapping into the energy and creativity of its youth will be left behind.” Kofi Annan Africa has the youngest population with over 40% of its people below the age of 15, while about 20% of the population fall between 15-24 years age. This exponential growth presents the continent with a great opportunity to harness the potential of its youth in the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which is the international...
Monday, September 3, 2018
De Beers Group and United Nations Entity for Women for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UNW) South Africa are pleased to announce the launch of a capacity-building programme to support 500 women micro-entrepreneurs in the communities of Blouberg and Musina, near De Beers’ Venetia Mine in Limpopo. The key objective of the programme is to equip women micro-entrepreneurs with business management and life skills to build their confidence and capacity to operate and grow...
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
The event was held to recognize and inspire business corporate leadership in advancing gender equality and empowerment of women, promote inclusive economic prosperity in realizing the 2030 Agenda.
Thursday, August 9, 2018
Nairobi (KENYA), 10 August 2018 – The Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region, the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and the African Union (AU), through their respective platforms and forums on women, and UN-Women, are undertaking joint solidarity missions to Burundi from 9–12 August, the Central African Republic from 13–15 August and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from 16–19 August. The...
Friday, February 23, 2018
UN Women will on 28th February 2018 launch its flagship report, “Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. The report demonstrates through concrete evidence and data the pervasive nature of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere, and puts forth actionable recommendations on how to fulfill the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Monday, February 5, 2018
Ahead of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) tomorrow, UN Women announced the appointment of renowned activist Jaha Dukureh of The Gambia as Regional Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women. Ms. Dukureh will dedicate her efforts to support UN Women’s advocacy to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage in Africa, with focus on mobilizing youth.
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Liberia Country office in an agreement with the Women’s Legislative Caucus of Liberia Photo: UN Women As part of its efforts to support elected women representatives to effectively discharge their responsibilities UN Women in alignment with its global Flagship Programmes Initiative (FPI) yesterday signed an agreement with the Women’s Legislative Caucus of Liberia. The agreement signed yesterday, 18th January 2018 with the Women’s Legislative Caucus’s...
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
New York, NY (December 20, 2017) – In commemoration of the United Nations International Human Solidarity Day, UN Women’s HeForShe movement issues an urgent call for men around the world to stand together in solidarity with each other and with women, to end sexual harassment. While stories of power imbalance and sexual harassment dominate the headlines, most of men have abstained from the current conversation. HeForShe invites men to break the silence by recording a short video...
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
The Country Representative of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) Mrs. Marie Goreth Nizigama has called on all stakeholders to take a united action in the relentless fight to end violence against women in schools, educational institutions and all places. Madam Marie Goreth delivered the keynote address at the official launch of the ’16 Days of Activism’ in Liberia held on 25 November 2017 at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion in Monrovia.